English

Dr. Roger Jones

Dr. Roger Walton Jones received a bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College, a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in English from Texas A&M University, with a specialty in modern American literature. He routinely presents papers at the Popular Culture Association annual conference and serves on textbook editorial boards.

An expert on Texas writer Larry McMurtry, Dr. Jones is the author of Larry McMurtry and the Victorian Novel, as well as numerous short stories, articles, and book reviews. His Curriculum Vitae is available.

Prof. Lance Hawvermale

A published novelist, Professor Hawvermale’s prose and poetry have won numerous awards, including the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation “Poetry Book of the Year.” His poems have appeared in Mid-America ReviewByLineCrosstimbers, and The Same, among others. In 2016, St. Martin’s Press released Hawvermale’s fifth novel, Face Blind, a thriller set in Chile’s Atacama desert.

In addition to English classes, Professor Hawvermale also teaches the college’s Honors courses. He serves as Chair of the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts. You may download his Curriculum Vitae and visit his website.

Dr. W. Everett Chesnut

Something of a polymath, Dr. W. Everett Chesnut holds a multidisciplinary doctorate as both a humanities scholar and a social scientist, from the University of Oklahoma.   Originally from California, Dr. Chesnut taught for 20 years in Oklahoma before joining Ranger College, where he teaches literature and rhetoric. Over the course of his interesting career, he also has also taught film and gender studies. He is a specialist in folklore and myth.

Dr. Chesnut serves on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s committee for the Field of Study in English curriculum. You may download his Curriculum Vitae.

Ms. Joanna Laws

Joanna Clark Laws earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Tarleton State University and is currently working on an additional master’s in history from Sam Houston State University. A product of community college education, Ms. Laws has served in teaching, administrative, and assessment roles at Texas two-year schools, including Cisco College, Odessa College, and Western Texas College. She has also served in the public sector, spending six years at the City of Abilene and earning her Public Manager certification from Texas Tech University.

Ms. Laws is an advocate of active scholarship and regularly presents papers at conferences and attends regional and national workshops. Her Curriculum Vitae is available.

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